Serious students of the Constitution know that the federal government is operating well beyond the bounds of the powers the states delegated to it. Those who defend this extra-constitutional power expansion argue that the Founders could not have envisioned the complexities and advanced technologies of the 21st century and therefore the need for corresponding additional federal powers.
In fact the Framers did anticipate the need to modify the Constitution to meet unforeseen future circumstances. That is the purpose of Article V which provides two methods for the states to amend the Constitution. (Congress may propose amendments, but … Read more...
In October, the United States and 10 other Pacific rim countries, after five years of secret negotiations, reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free-trade agreement ever concluded. President Obama must wait 90 days after the formal announcement of the final TPP agreement before signing the pact and sending it to Congress; that could happen by Feb. 4. Lawmakers would then work with the administration to determine when a vote would take place. However, media reports on December 10 reported that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had told the White House that the TPP agreement … Read more...
Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.
The U.S. Senate Education Committee met with House members and approved a compromise version of the Every Student Succeeds Act last week. They plan a full vote on the bill shortly after Thanksgiving. The “Sense of Congress” as expressed in the House version, flies in the face of the 10th Amendment. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists the enumerated powers of the federal government. Education is not on the list. The 10th Amendment addresses this. Specifically, “The powers not delegated to the Unites States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it … Read more...
Richard J. Arena
Two shocking rulings handed down by the Supreme Court this week – one, King V. Burwell, rewriting the precise language of the Affordable Health Care Act, the other, Obergefell V. Hodges, assuming federal authority to define marriage, illuminate a central flaw in the American system of government – as it now exists. That flaw is the lack of a realistic institutional check on unconstitutional federal activities.
There was such a check prior to the adaptation of the 17th Amendment in 1913. Until then US Senators were appointed by their respective state legislatures, who also held the … Read more...
The general public is significantly confused on the complex “alphabet soup” trade proposals being talked about in Congress and the Media. Something as important as this 11 Nation deal that encompasses a broad spectrum of areas, including but not limited to “Trade, should be transparent at least on its overall scope and general objectives. The absence of this transparency, especially with the many time spoken goals of this President to “fundamentally change America” appears by design by both he and Congress to facilitate mutual objectives.
There are three items on the table: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Trade … Read more...
There are many major issues and questions on both Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is confusion of what these entail and what is actually being voted on in Congress. Are there Constitutional issues regarding “Powers” and responsibilities? Is TPP really a Treaty? What does it cover and why is there such extensive secrecy? Will America’ Sovereignty be affected?
Congress is voting on TPA which outlines guidelines for TPP’s negotiation by the Executive Branch and provides provisions to give President Obama “fast track” approval of TPP if and when it is brought … Read more...
By: Les Dunaway
Any student of history knows that rampant corruption is one of the symptoms of a country in decline. When the corruption is encouraged by the government of the country, one must wonder how far the rot has spread and whether it’s spreading up or oozing down.
By: Randy Evans
Like sand through an hourglass, the term of President Barack Obama continues to slip away. In the world of presidential politics, there is actually not that much time to get things done.
Every two years, things in Washington, D.C., inevitably grind to a halt as each party waits on the election outcome. This means that out of eight years (assuming re-election), four years are spent either trying to win (or retain) control of the Congress, run for re-election or wait out the final year.
As a result, whatever a president is going to accomplish must typically occur … Read more...
By Les Dunaway
If any of you needed more motivation to work hard on electing solid fiscal conservatives in 2014 & 2016, here’s some numbers.
Writing on zerohedge.com, Tyler Durden, “Entitlement America And The High Cost Of “Free”” lays out the statistics and the human cost of the entitlement society.
The political allure of free is so strong that an alarming number of people choose to become wards of the entitlement/welfare state rather than captain their own destiny.
When a government is engaged in encouraging people to make the choice to live their lives in abject poverty and to condemn … Read more...
By: Les Dunaway
On Thursday and Friday mornings, as is often the case, the Wall Street Journal published two articles which focus on the “How?” and the “Why?” of things. In the process, these two articles give some clear insight into the “Who?” of this disgrace to our nation.